velvetdahlia (velvetdahlia) wrote in rags_and_bones,

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Vintage Mardi Gras Beads

I just got back from New Orleans, where I was scouring antique stores there for vintage Mardi Gras beads from the 40's-60's-- the Czech glass ones.

I don't know what it is about these garish things-- maybe that they look kinda tribal, kinda 50's kitsch? That I imagine them being THROWN onto the street from floats, and, as in a dream I imagine what it would be like trying to save as many as possible from being shattered & destroyed? Even now, to walk down the street and see the trees filled with the cheap plastic ones glittering in the sun is surreal & wonderful.

Got to start restringing the ones I've got-- the string they're on just won't hold up. I've had some break on me before & learned my lesson.

If anyone has seen any more of these around, let me know!
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